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Senior leadership team.

Over 50 years combined experience - leading high-performing teams in venture capital and beyond.

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic Brisbourne

CEO + Managing Partner

Nic is the founder and CEO of Forward Partners. He has worked in venture capital in London and Silicon Valley for over 20 years. Prior to founding Forward in 2013, he was a founding Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Esprit. Before entering the venture capital industry he worked as a strategy consultant for Gemini Consulting and at London based startup Operis Group plc.

Outside of Forward he’s a proud husband and father of two teenage kids and a long-time season ticket holder at Chelsea Football Club. He’s developed a keen interest in mindfulness and philosophy that’s proved to be a great asset at home, at work and as a supporter of the aforementioned club.

Jasel Mehta

COO + Partner, Studio

Jasel Mehta

COO + Partner, Studio

Jasel runs the team delivering value-added services to our partner companies, from early-stage idea through to launch and anywhere in between. This includes product strategy, customer experience, brand development, technology services, growth marketing, talent, PR and more (breathe). He has a background in building and running teams developing innovative products and experiences for some of the world’s most celebrated brands. This included 13 years at AKQA on clients including Audi, Coca Cola, Nike and Nissan.

When not working, J’s a proud father of two, loves to travel and watching his favourite football team.

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd Smith

CFO + Executive Director

Lloyd joined Forward from the ATI Group, a provider of legal technology, software and information services, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at several of its UK and Ireland businesses. Prior to joining ATI, he spent five years in audit at EY and four years in PwC’s deals team, working with a mix of private equity firms, AIM-listed businesses, banks and other private companies.

Investment Team

A bold bunch of entrepreneurial and analytical thinkers. We love to get stuck in - working with founders to find ways around big early-stage challenges.

Luke Smith

Partner + Investor

Luke Smith

Partner + Investor

Luke joined Forward Partners from REV Venture Partners, a corporate VC, where he was responsible for deal origination, investment due diligence and portfolio reporting. He was previously a consultant with the strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman, where he worked across the retail, aviation, healthcare and FMCG sectors. Luke originally planned a career in science and he holds a PhD in biochemistry. His focus at Forward Partners is on sourcing and executing new investments.

Esha Vasta

Senior Investor

Esha Vasta

Senior Investor

Esha is a Senior Investor at Forward Partners. Her focus at Forward is on executing new investments and working with the portfolio. Over the past 5 years, she has invested in and worked with European technology start-ups at the earliest stages, from idea /pre-seed to Series A. She has a particular interest in B2B SaaS. She completed her MBA at London Business School, before this she worked in India as a transactions advisor across financial services and energy sectors.

Megha Prakash

Investor

Megha Prakash

Investor

Megha started her career as a Tech and Media coverage banker at Goldman Sachs in New York, which is where she says she “caught the tech bug”. She also worked as a generalist M&A banker for several years at Goldman Sachs London.

Prior to Forward she built her own startup Earthmiles, which provided a B2B2C gamified wellbeing platform to SMEs in the UK and internationally. 

Outside of Forward she has a huge passion for wellbeing and the quantified self, and spends her free time on word puzzles, pilates and reading everything she possibly can.

Ella Shen

Investor

Ella Shen

Investor

Ella joins Forward following VC fellowships at Hummingbird, Verve, and Common Ocean. She draws upon her institutional experience in Sales and Trading at Goldman Sachs and Management Consulting at KPMG to help founders grow dreams into reality.

Moving from New York and completing the Master of Finance at the University of Cambridge, she’s now made a home in London. Apart from Forward, Ella is an information and music junkie and can be found jogging along the canal around 6:15am most weekdays. On other days, she watches Netflix while waiting for singularity to happen and reminiscing on the sound of dial-up internet in its days of infancy.

Studio Team

A driven group of startup growth experts, ready to roll up our sleeves and build with our founders, whether they need new tech or stronger sales operations.

Natalie Falconer

Head of People

Natalie Falconer

Head of People

Nat is Head of People & Talent at Forward. Passionate about nailing the basics for companies when it comes to their people, she brings expertise working within start-ups, scale-ups and larger corporates in a People/Talent capacity. No stranger to the world of VC, she has previously worked for Kindred Capital and has been a founder herself in HR tech. She strives to move away from traditional HR and move into impactful people projects with a heavy slant on psychology within the workplace and beyond, allowing people to be their best self always.

Jared Ruddy

Head of Marketing

Jared Ruddy

Head of Marketing

Growth wrangler. Marketer. Customer champion.

Jared has spent his career building great customer experiences. He's started up. Sold. Built new things, including a newspaper. A robot dog. An omni-directional wheelchair. The most visible screen in London. And for a time, the world's biggest picture. Before Forward he led marketing and growth for Marketplace business Plentific, helping them to pivot, scale their business across Europe and raise a $30m round.

Rachel Grewal

Head of Talent

Rachel Grewal

Head of Talent

As a highly experienced Talent and People leader, Rachel's background is in scaling businesses strategically in multiple geographies and coaching teams of recruiters to be their best. During her career, Rachel has worked for scale-ups with a focus on tech talent, taking a startup tech consultancy from 60 to 600 people in just over 4 years, and she has worked to bring about strategic change in larger organisations such as the Financial Times.

Her influence extends to proactively impacting culture and talent development, retention and DE&I practices, influencing senior leadership teams and challenging the way an organisation is developing.

Josh Collie

Senior Product Designer

Josh Collie

Senior Product Designer

Josh helps Forward's portfolio companies design products, craft brands and test their ideas. Formally educated in software development, he took the decision to follow his passion rather than his education and has since helped Google, YouTube and Moneybox build their products. He finds happiness in helping founders realise their potential and creating value with their products.

He loves everything design, from physical products to interiors and architecture, but spends too much time thinking about eSports, consumerism and crypto.

Ann-Marie Rossiter

Senior Marketing Manager

Ann-Marie Rossiter

Senior Marketing Manager

Ann-Marie has almost a decade's worth of experience building and scaling startups in the UK tech industry. From luxury travel and corporate events to robotic process automation, she loves challenger brands with a killer idea. Passionate about ESG initiatives, Ann-Marie has implemented many programmes in her previous roles to support charities tackling homelessness and helping young people and women into careers within the tech sector.

At Forward, Ann-Marie is responsible for our brand and building experiences that founders love, whilst supporting the growing businesses in our portfolio via the Studio.

Operations

An experienced team of operators and strategists who literally ensure we keep the lights on.

Katrina Lytton

Chief of Staff

Katrina Lytton

Chief of Staff

Katrina started her career at KPMG before moving into venture capital five years ago, where she was responsible for supporting portfolio companies and CEOs, primarily in the consumer sector. She thrives on connecting with individuals, understanding what motivates them and supporting them with challenges and decision-making. She has a particular interest in psychology and wellbeing and is a regular runner and yogi. In her spare time she enjoys exploring new gastronomic hotspots.

John Whitworth

Senior Financial Analyst

John Whitworth

Senior Financial Analyst

John has had a career in finance for nearly thirty years, holding a variety of positions from management accounting through to financial and data analysis. Latterly, John has held senior analytical roles in the Aeronautical and Real Estate sectors, concentrating on streamlining of financial reporting and processes, as well as managing data manipulation and migrations.

A proud father of 3 girls, John loves nothing more than getting out on his bike and hitting the trails (as well as a few country pubs en route!).

Mo Fay

Culture Manager and EA to CEO

Mo Fay

Culture Manager and EA to CEO

Mo works as a Culture Manager and EA to Nic Brisbourne. Mo is passionate about creating a fun and inclusive working culture, creating events and supporting the team at Forward. She joins us from the brands Ecover and Method, and has previously worked in the arts and events industry. At Ecover and Method, she supported the leadership team, managed the office and created events.

Shei Telmo

Finance Manager

Shei Telmo

Finance Manager

Shei started her career in EY Philippines, and then moved to the EY office in London, following a 6-month secondment in EY Singapore. After a combined period of 11 years working as an external auditor for EY, Shei now joins Forward. She works primarily on financial statements and internal controls audits of hedge fund and private equity funds and managers, and AIM-listed brokers. 

Gray Cavanagh

Finance Assistant

Gray Cavanagh

Finance Assistant

Gray has spent the last 5 years as an Assistant Finance Manager for Global Coal, which is a global online trading platform for physical coal. Gray will be a supporting the preparation of the monthly management accounts, as well as the general day-to-day finance operations. He is excited to be part of a culture which cares for their investments and supports them in solving the world's problems.

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2021 Annual Report

We look back at a strong 2021, and outline our pragmatic approach to 2022, in our 2021 Annual Report.